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Crack-Up (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 September 1946 (USA)
Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?

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Irving Reis
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... George Steele
Claire Trevor ... Terry Cordell
Herbert Marshall ... Traybin
Ray Collins ... Dr. Lowell
Wallace Ford ... Lt. Cochrane
Dean Harens ... Reynolds
Damian O'Flynn ... Stevenson
Erskine Sanford ... Barton
Mary Ware ... Mary
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Storyline

George Steele, art curator at a small museum, has an apparent mental breakdown one night, convinced he was in a train wreck...which never happened. In flashback, shortly after proposing to x-ray some old master paintings the museum has on loan, Steele is called on an unplanned nocturnal train trip. He suddenly sees another train ahead, speeding toward his... Is George indeed cracking up, or is there a plot to discredit him? The mystery grows murky with shadowy menace... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A man's frenzied urge to re-live one blanked-out hour...unlock the secret of what happened to him! (original print ad) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galveston See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Set largely around Manhattan Museum, Lt. Cochrane warns Steele he's "liable to wind up in Bellevue!". This is a reference to another Manhattan institution, the Bellevue Hospital Center (the oldest public hospital in the United States, founded in 1736). See more »

Goofs

Barton addresses a character by her real name, not her character's name. It happens about ten minutes into the movie, when George Steele's lecture is just ending. Among the attendees, Barton turns around, sees Mary, and addresses her as "Miss Ware". The character Mary's last name is unknown, but she's played by Mary Ware. See more »

Quotes

Terry Cordell: [Opening her car's passenger door] Come on. Get in.
George Steele: No thanks, I'll take a streetcar; I can trust streetcars.
[A policeman's whistle is heard and we see two cops running toward Steele. Steele jumps into the car, and they take off.]
George Steele: What's your racket girlie? Whattya do for a living?
Terry Cordell: I'm outta my head. I drive around in cars picking up psychopathic killers.
[softening]
Terry Cordell: Someone has to look after you. I was at a party at Reynolds'. Things began to come apart at the seams. I drove Traybin....
George Steele: [...]
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An excellent noir
13 August 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Pat O'Brien was wonderful supporting actor. Having him as your lead was kind of unusual -- not to mention having him play an expert in art. He does a great job, though, as does the whole cast. Claire Trevor, in a way, is the only major name actor. Ray Collins is good but maybe not up to the pivotal role he plays. In a small part, Mary Ware is very effective.

Charlie Chan movies occasionally involved art thefts or forgeries. Of course, there is the black bird in "The Maltese Falcon." But generally, this is an unusual setting for a film noir, which this definitely is.

It's tense but maybe not so tense as it might be. I like Hitchcock but do not worship at his feet. Whoever, had he directed this, it could have been a tight, thrilling picture. He'd have story-boarded it all before filming and we'd have been on the edge of our seats as ti played out.

He didn't, of course, and it's still a really good movie. It's noir with a highbrow twist, just as "Red Light" -- which I haven't seen in 15 years and wish would turn up -- is noir with a religious setting.


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